We had gone on a wine tour for my boyfriend's 30th birthday this past weekend. We were so very pleased with all of our four vineyard stops, for the exception of Afton Mountain. Very disappointing to say the least!
The gorgeous scenery really set us up with high expectations walking in to do our tasting. The staff were slow to get to us and huddled us with two other couples. You were offered to options of wine tasting menus. When asked why we could not pay for a tasting of each menu, out of sheer curiosity, the rude staff member gave no explanation. She gave a fast, dry and very unwelcoming description of the wines we were sampling. (She basically just read from the card description.) There was no smile, no thoughtfulness, no personality... nothing that seemed inviting from her. We ended up choosing two bottles of wine to purchase. While in line with our two bottles, our glasses were taken from us. I assumed this was to get us clean glasses or to wrap up those glasses. When at the register, I asked about our glasses and was told they do not ever give the glasses away. I reminded them we were paying the tastings as well as the two bottles of wine, and the woman at the register, very snooty, said "We do not give you wine glasses!" I was somewhat shocked in a way. I have been to many tastings and never have I walked away without glasses, as odd as that may sound. It was a bit cheap I thought... and rude of the woman to be so short with me about it.
To seal the deal of our final memories of this vineyard, we were waiting to use the restroom when a man, seeming to be an owner possibly, came over to inform us that if we needed to use the bathrooms, we had to walk down the hill to those bathrooms. This may seem insignificant, but after the treatment we received throughout our fast visit, this was the icing on the cake.
I can not tell you how disappointed we were in this vineyard, more so the staff to be specific. When there's over 200 wineries to choose from, we felt robbed that we had stopped here. Never will go back there, ever.
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